haul

verb
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce haul (audio) \
hauled; hauling; hauls

Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause (something) to move by pulling or drawing : to exert traction on haul a wagon
b : to obtain or move by or as if by hauling was hauled to parties night after night by his wife
c : to transport in a vehicle : cart The cattle were hauled to market. trucks hauling freight
2 : to change the course of (a ship) especially so as to sail closer to the wind
3 : to bring before an authority for interrogation or judgment : hale haul traffic violators into court

intransitive verb

1 : to exert traction : pull haul back on the reins
2 : to move along : proceed about three o'clock we hauled into Moonridge— Kenneth Clark the bull hauled back for another lunge— F. B. Gipson
3 : to furnish transportation a nominal charge for hauling
4 of the wind : shift
haul ass
slang, often vulgar
: to move quickly haul ass or you'll miss your flight

haul

noun

Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of hauling (see haul entry 1) : pull The rope stood up under the strain of the haul.
b : a device for pulling or carting something : a device for hauling
2a : the result of an effort to obtain, collect, or win the burglar's haul
b : the quantity of fish taken in a single draft of a net
3a : the act or process of transporting something in a vehicle : transportation by hauling a rail haul meant that several hundred expensive … cars would have to be bought— N. M. Clark
b : the length or course of a transportation route a long haul
c : a quantity transported : load a haul of lumber

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Synonyms & Antonyms for haul

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of haul in a Sentence

Verb They hauled the boat up onto the beach. The car was hauled away to the junkyard. We used buckets to haul water up from the river. She hauled herself to her feet and limped home. I'm tired of hauling this heavy camera around with me. The prisoner was hauled away in handcuffs. They hauled her off to court. The cattle were hauled by rail. The company has a fleet of trucks that are used to haul freight. Noun each haul of the rope Authorities seized the drugs in one of the biggest drug hauls in the history of the county. The kids always collect a substantial haul of candy on Halloween. It's just a short haul from our cabin to the beach.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The streaming service earned 91 nominations for this year's Emmy Awards, second only to HBO, which hauled 111, and well ahead of Hulu's 18 and Amazon's 16 according to Business Insider. Hamza Shaban, chicagotribune.com, "Netflix adds 5 million new subscribers, surpassing 100 million," 18 July 2017 Hundreds of people, including prominent intellectuals, had signed the charter by the time Mr Liu was hauled away to his cell. The Economist, "China’s conscienceLiu Xiaobo’s death holds a message for China," 15 July 2017 A pipeline that hauls oil from West Texas’ Permian Basin to Houston shut Thursday after a 1,200-barrel spill near the state capital, Austin. Ben Sharples, Bloomberg.com, "Oil's Weekly Gain Belies Smaller-Than-$1 Increase From Late 2016," 14 July 2017 Yeah, there's the handful of students who love running and are cooling at the finish line in ten minutes flat, but for everyone else, hauling yourself a full mile at a jog is no small feat. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Girls in Saudi Arabia Will Can Soon Take Gym Class," 13 July 2017 The group is scheduled to meet with Waste Management, the company which hauls Mobile's garbage, on Wednesday. John Sharp, AL.com, "Mobile inches forward on 'robust recycling' plan, despite council's cautious approach," 11 July 2017 Several cars of a freight train hauling crude oil derailed Friday night in Plainfield prompting an evacuation but no injuries, officials said. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Freight train hauling crude oil derails, causing evacuation but no injuries," 30 June 2017 The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive his head wounds, Officer John Buttle said.. Officers cruised around the area, looking for the Winnebago hauling a black Jeep. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bay assault suspect makes getaway in RV towing a Jeep," 28 June 2017 According to Kansas City police, a truck hauling construction equipment struck part of the bridge, which dislodged concrete. Toriano Porter And Joe Robertson, kansascity.com, "Barry Road and U.S. 169 in Northland re-opened after bridge accident," 24 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That was just behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who got 70% of his haul from grassroots donors in the second quarter. Washington Post, "Kamala Harris Raises Nearly $12 Million in 2Q: Campaign Update," 18 Sep. 2019 Last season cannot be considered anything but a smashing success for Woods, who pulled off the impossible by winning the Masters and adding a 15th major championship (and fifth green jacket) to his haul. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Eight Burning Questions as the 2020 PGA Tour Season Tees Off," 10 Sep. 2019 That allowed the 32-year-old Serb to raise his career haul to 16 trophies, putting him just two away from second-place Rafael Nadal’s total of 18, and close to Roger Federer’s 20, which is the record for men. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Novak Djokovic moves on to US Open," 24 Aug. 2019 Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Andrea Marr, who has a degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Academy, added to his haul Wednesday with a certificate from the city. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa man’s technology went to the moon and back throughout the Apollo era," 2 Aug. 2019 But Castro’s team pointed to improvement from his first-quarter haul, adding that donations have picked up after a breakout debate performance. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Are top Democratic presidential hopefuls cannibalizing O’Rourke and Castro’s Texas fundraising?," 26 July 2019 His first haul was at the Subway in the 9100 block of the Gulf Freeway around 3 p.m. About 30 minutes later, he is said to have robbed the Potbelly's shop in the 19400 block of the Gulf Freeway. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Identity of serial sandwich shop robber sought by Houston police," 26 July 2019 After all, the film's star, Leonardo DiCaprio, already enjoyed a budding global popularity thanks to the studio's 1996 release Romeo + Juliet, which had earned $148 million worldwide — 69 percent of its haul coming from overseas. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, ""His Brand Is Excellence": How Leonardo DiCaprio Became Hollywood's Last Movie Star," 22 July 2019 As The New York Times observed shortly after Buttigieg posted his haul, his fundraising success owes something to his omnivorous approach. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Big Tech Want From Buttigieg?," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of haul

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haul

Verb and Noun

Middle English halen to pull, from Anglo-French haler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch halen to pull; akin to Old English geholian to obtain

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The first known use of haul was in the 13th century

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haul

verb
How to pronounce haul (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pull or drag (something) with effort
: to move or carry (something) with effort
: to force (someone) to go or come to a place

haul

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of pulling or dragging something with effort : the act of hauling something
: a usually large amount of something that has been stolen, collected, or won
: a distance to be traveled

haul

verb
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce haul (audio) \
hauled; hauling

Kids Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to pull or drag with effort
2 : to transport in a vehicle haul freight

haul

noun

Kids Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of pulling or hauling They got closer with each haul.
2 : an amount collected a burglar's haul
3 : the distance or route traveled or over which a load is moved It's a long haul to the beach.

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